Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1995-03-19
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FOB Schoeps MK41 > DAT @ 48KHz > ZA2 (48244) > SHN
- 2004-05-18 14:24:35
- Schoeps MK41 (F.O.B.) > DAT @ 48KHz > ZA2 (48>44.1) > SHN
- Philadelphia, PA
- Audience: Schoeps MK41's
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- The Spectrum
Subject: I was there!
Subject: Enjoyed This Show...
Through my entire career as a Union Stagehand, I never saw that in any other band. Most don't even try to do that because it is risky. The very idea of developing a full album's worth of songs in front of a crown of tens of thousands of people is as ballsy as it gets, really, and I praised it every time I witnessed it.
I mean-- we've heard enough studio rehearsals at this point, it's easy to see doing it live seemed far more productive for them.
To me, Dead shows were an adventure. Sure I had my favorite staples I hoped they'd play, and all that, but I rather liked those late era "What is this they're playing?" moments, when suddenly everything was utterly new, and unknown, and... EXCITING.
The 1990's found the band rolling through a lot of muddy ruts, but those moments of creativity, whether I liked the new tune or not, made the night special to me. I felt like I saw something historic taking place.
How blessed were the heads to be at this unveiling of UC. Listen to Phil's interview on how complicated it was to play in the studio and why it would likely never be done live.
Goosebumps is all I have to say!
Subject: almost 18 years now
Yes, we all knew that Jerry was on shaky ground. But few people knew it would be their last show in Philadelphia ever.
The electricity in that building (may the both Jerry and the Spectrum RIP) was real. On the old tapes you could hear the audible "SHHHH" that swept thru once the initial eruption of OMG they ARE playing IT.
As for whether it is a good song, I guess it depends on who you are and how you look at it. I'm a 52 year old woman. I see things now in many of the bands lyrics that I didn't 'get' when I was younger. Life is about perspective. We are all snowflakes, no two are the same.
Blue light rain, whoa unbroken chain,
Looking for familiar faces in an empty window pane.
Listening for the secret, searching for the sound
But I could only hear the preacher and the baying of his hounds.
Willow sky, whoa, I walk and wonder why,
They say love your brother, but you will catch it when you try.
Roll you down the line boy, drop you for a loss,
Ride you out on a cold railroad and nail you to a cross.
November and more, as I wait for the score,
They're telling me forgiveness is the key to every door.
A slow winder day a night like forever,
Sink like a stone, float like a feather.
Lilac rain, unbroken chain, song of the sawhet owl.
Out on the mountain, it'll drive you insane, listening to the winds howl
Unbroken chain of sorrow and pearls, unbroken chain of shy and sea.
Unbroken chain of the western wind, unbroken chain of you and me
Subject: sad and painful
And yes, its painful to listen to.
Subject: "." Nonintuitive
Subject: It was over
But really, they had been doing a fair amount of that after the summer of 1990.
Subject: terrible song
Subject: The Moment
In one of the books that came out shortly after Jerrys death I believe Blair Jackson had a quote saying "we at least had the moment".
This show had "the moment". When the noodling after Dont Ease Me In became Unbroken Chain there was a moment, one to cherish. You couldn't believe what you thought you were about to hear.
Then when it all came together 20000 people freaked the fucked out for a moment. NIIIIIICE !
This was a great Garcia night also minus a couple of hiccups. The Alabama Getaway opener was strong, i was glad to see this was back in trhe rotation again on a regular basis. Crazy Fingers and So Many Roads were just fucken WONDERFUL and I tought the Stella Blue rocked with some kick ass guitar playing at the end.
I was and still am a big Corrina fan and when Jerry belted out the chorus with a big Corrinaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ah ah ahhhhhh it was GREAT. Matilda was always a big treat for me, a little Carribean flair and you could tell Jerry really had fun with this tune.
I see 1995 differently than most. I started seeing the band in 1978 and saw over 200 shows and was just happy to be there. I'll quote Robert Hunter for my opinion on the 1995 Dead. " gave the best we had to give - how much they'll never know , never know"
That sums it up - good time - great show - nice memoery and oh yeah THE MOMENT.Furthur in NY in 3 days. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
Subject: Actually better than I remember it
I had purposely stayed away from listening to this show simply because I didn't expect much from it and the earlier versions I did catch snippets of were had horrid sound quality. This version sounds quite nice and it (and 14 years of distance) have allowed me to hear this show anew and while not my favorite show ever, it a lot better than I remember it. Wish I would have appreciated it more at the time.
As a note to OldSchoolJerry rhetorical question about why the Dead chose this song over any other to bust out, I recent read in Phil's book, Searching for the Sound, that his son, Graham, requested that they learn it and Phil obliged.
Subject: missing the whole point
Subject: Sad, Sad, Sad.............
Subject: Sarcasm - yes
You know, CViz, I had to complete a lot of internet-based research to find those 2 band names, and then you go and ruin my Thunder ;)
My point is don't be a basher, helpful critical reviews are all we need.
Subject: Nickelback and Lighthouse????
Subject: Great Moment, Terrible Show
All things considered, with the exception of my first live Alabama, the first set was an embarassment. I remember being disgusted when hearing the first chords of Don't Ease unable to comprehend the band playing a 5 song first set. Thankfully the Unbroken Chain served almost as a 1st set encore, but looking back this had to be perhaps the shortest first set of the 90's.
The 2nd set turned out to be a real dud for me at the time both in song selection and performance, and listening to it again has done nothing for me.
Overall being in the crowd for the first Unbroken Chain was an unforgettable experience, however the rest of the show is one I'd rather forget.
BTW- This was not the last event at the Spectrum, as the Flyers played there until May of 1996. In fact they still have had concerts, minor league hockey and other events through early 2008.
The aquatic themed lighting was especially good for those of us swimming around back there. Drums/Space was also well done and Miracle rocked as usual. Stella was poignant and spiritual for all those reflecting on the ephemeral quality of experience that is transcended in music. Not Fade Away also nice...you can hear Jerry giving a little bit extra. Brokedown was always good and no exception here.
At this point people were just wishing for a novelty.Like when they Played HC Sunshine,it was the greatest thing since Jesus Christ.A year later people were complaining about it
Subject: The wheat from the chaff
Crazy Fingers is the musical highlight of this show. It's pretty good and the closing jam comes as a surprise after the lacklustre playing that precedes it. The Chain is one of the worst of the '95 bunch. What a shame that jerry was so uninterested in being a musician by this point that he couldn't be bothered to re-learn this wonderful song. I didn't need the '74 Jerry to blaze through it but I did need a jerry who could simply play the song and noodle properly during the break. If I'da been Phil I would have pushed HIM down the stairs.
Samba yes. But Chain? Sad. Just too sad.
Subject: Enjoy it for what it was....
Subject: A Reglious Experience
Subject: soo many roads
Subject: Unbroken shivers!
Subject: I thought they were all like this
Subject: The "SMR" project
Subject: 2 Stars
Subject: so beautiful!!!
Subject: the last one
Subject: tangled in da window blind
When I heard the news, I thru in this video and shed a few tears when I saw the so many roads.
Subject: breakout I guess
Subject: just joining in the discussion
If you dig, there are actually some gems in '95.
Subject: Unborken Chain
I didn't realize that it just wasn't that good. The Unbroken Chain versions that Phil sings in this, the 21st century, are much better.
Subject: how could you not love it
Subject: Level HEADed
Being an addict of the DEAD (a fan-addict). First, admit you/we are addicts for going to & participating in hours of good & bad performances. We participate with good intentions... I am one of these so called "fans"(from fanatic).
I likely saw more bad shows than good (again in my opinion) but the good shows effected me in such a positive way, it will forever be worth me coming back for more, on the chance I may have another enlightening experience.
I try to remind myself as I read these reviews that everyone can Experience the same show differently!
The sound on this audio is an average audience quality show. I am thankful for having access to these shows- and Grateful we are allowed to have spirited conversations about them- it helps me make my own decisions.
Thank you Archives for this outlet of our resonating energy!
Subject: The bitter truth
After listening to the stream, I gotta say it was mostly lame with some really good moments. The first set is well played, including a great So Many Roads, up until the Chain, when it becomes obvious that Jerry hasn't learned the song. He never quite did.
The second set had some good moments but no long jams (except D/S). Samson at least is played at its proper tempo, unlike the dragging versions of 1985-86. By God, Jerry gives it his best, but it's just not there.
Crazy Fingers is next. Lyrically, this is the worst version I've ever heard of this song. Musically, it might be the best. Jerry's middle solo starts a bit shakily, but hangs together, and then gets inspired. The closing jam is very sweet. This and Stella are the two highlights of the second set.
Corinna I HATE, and this jam with Mathilda doesn't do much for me.
Stella is good but not as good as I remembered. It's almost twice as fast as usual, and Jerry wails on the middle jam, but settles for a repetitive, though pretty, lead at the end, with the band crescendoing under him.
Not Fade has a nice, although too brief, Jerry solo.
Overall, the show has enough good that I can't quite give it just 1 star - maybe 1 1/2. I give it a 2 considering the good quality for an audience recording.
Subject: Take off your rose-tinted glasses
Download this for the historical significance of the first live Unbroken Chain, but no other reason. How 20 previous reviewers could land this an average four-star review just goes to show how apathetic we are about our music.
One of the worst of nearly 200 shows I saw.
Nice recording, though.
Subject: first unbroken chain
Subject: far from a 5 star show
Subject: Poor Philly
I agree with Tito on the Chain breakout. I would have LOVED to hear it on a Wall of sound show circa 73-74.
James Bong this was the first time EVER that they played it so I understand the excitement, my point was it's a shame they didn't play it back when Jerry was still in top form. I LOVED the Mars Hotel version , which is all we had for years. I still prefer that version to the live but Jerry-lite versions of 95.
Subject: Unbroken Brain
I pretty much caught this entire spring tour.Jerrys playing had become dismal, Bobby & Phil was taking on the horns of the mighty dragon.This show was pretty typical of a latter 90's show.Mathilda was smoking, and of course the motherload of Unbroken Chain.When they busted this out, the crowd was sooooo loud it was hard to hear the tune. That still (after catching 200+ shows of various bands), is the loudest crowd reaction that Ive ever heard or been part of.I still have a crispy aud tape of this show. UJB was ok(from what I remember), but nothing spectacular. I'll give it a 4star, because of sentimental reasons & the UC.
One thing though, I remember in the mens room headys were taking bets, literally, there was a guy acting as a bookie!! Never seen that happen @ any show before.I remember laughing soooo hard walking out of that bathroom.
d/l for the 1st Unbroken anyway.
ps, did I win any $-sure did, I called that m.f*%#@* right that nite! I just knew they would break it out. Though, check out latter tour UC's they seem to sound better and better.
Subject: 2 memories
Another reviewer made an interesting point about the conflict between Jerry's body and soul in his later days. He or she felt the soul always won out. I'm not sure. My last two shows were the RFK shows in '95 - his body kicked his soul's ass on the first night and the soul hung in there and made the second night worth seeing.
Subject: Why couldn't I be older?!
Who knows why they never did this song before? It's an amazing piece of music.
The crowd's reaction is nothing short of amazing.
Subject: Help from a friend
Subject: not a bad show at all!
Subject: Be Grateful
Subject: Are Y'all nuts?
Subject: 1 highlight, the rest is abysmal
Every single Unbroken Chain performed by Phil & Friends blows this 1st one away. Would you like to hear a real Unbroken Chain from eastern Pennsylvania? Check out the 11/17/01 PLQ show from Stabler Arena (Bethlehem, PA). Now THAT'S Unbroken Chain!
Subject: sumptin about philly
Subject: Been there, done that
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